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50 Extra Glass Floats This Father's Day Weekend - On Central Oregon Coast's Lincoln City

Published 06/16/23 at 8:51 p.m.
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50 Extra Glass Floats This Weekend for Father's Day - On Central Oregon Coast's Lincoln City

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(Lincoln City, Oregon) – Take Dad to the beach this weekend and he may get a lovely surprise.

Father's Day weekend brings more glass floats to the central Oregon coast, with Lincoln City and its Finders Keepers artisan-made glass balls upping the ante over Saturday and Sunday. Aside from the usual daily drop, another 50 glass floats will hit the sands. (Glass float photos courtesy Explore Lincoln City)

These ones are gorgeous, multi-layered beauties with spectacular details inside. According to Explore Lincoln City, they were made by The Edge Art Gallery.

There's more on the way for glass float drops as well. [See more on Glass Float Drops]

On June 23-24, there are an extra 28 glass floats for the Chinook Winds Casino's 28th anniversary.

June 24-25 brings ten more floats for the Summer Kite Fest in Lincoln City – see Oregon Coast Kites in Lincoln City in June.

There are no special drops in July and August – just the regular drops. September 2 – 4 sees a celebration of college football and 20 green / yellow floats and 20 orange / black floats.

Explore Lincoln City said there are some rule of the hunt to follow:

There is a limit of one per household. If you have already found one this year, the agency asks you please leave it for someone else. However, you can at least capture the moment.

“But feel free to take a pic before you move on,” Explore Lincoln City said.

Floats are found above the high tide line and below the beach embankment. They can be hiding behind or even on top of logs.

Lincoln City's Float Faeries drop them during daylight hours only, and they are placed throughout the day. This does not happen all at once, so those scouring the central Oregon coast town might even consider revisiting the same spot later in the day.

“Floats are out there every day rain or shine,” the agency said. “On rare occasions, weather and ocean conditions can create unsafe situations. Official notice of any cancellations will be made on our social media channels and website.”

Make sure you respect the environment as you hunt: be mindful of the natural surroundings.

“Happy hunting,” the agency said. “If you do find a float, follow the instructions on the float to register your treasure. You’ll receive a Certificate of Authenticity and information about the artist who crafted your float.”

The initial glass floats tradition started in 1997, after a local artist came up with an idea for a fun way to herald the new millennium. That inaugural season in 1999 took off faster than anyone anticipated and the little Oregon coast town stuck with it.

For a long time – somewhat unbeknownst to many – the city's Float Faeries would add one more art piece to the drops each year. In 2001, they dropped 2001, the next year they left 2002 – and so on. That built up until the 20th anniversary when they let loose some 3,000 in 2017. Until that year, Lincoln City's hugely popular drops were seasonal, going October through May, then quitting for the summer.

They are year-round now.

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Andre' GW Hagestedt is editor, owner and primary photographer / videographer of Oregon Coast Beach Connection, an online publication that sees over 1 million pageviews per month. He is also author of several books about the coast.

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